Iran rejected a proposal from the European Union in the coming weeks to organize direct negotiations with the United States on the nuclear issue, the newspaper reports. The Wall Street Journal citing two senior Western diplomats.
According to them, Tehran has so far ruled out the possibility of participating in the meeting in Europe. The Iranian authorities indicated that they first want to get guarantees that after this meeting Washington will lift some sanctions from the country.
At the same time, the diplomats noted that Iran’s refusal “did not destroy all hopes for direct negotiations in the coming months.” They admit that negotiations may begin before the end of March.
The EU hoped to hold an informal meeting on the Iranian nuclear deal in the coming days. The US has indicated interest in such a dialogue, but has refused to ease the sanctions pending face-to-face talks with Iran.
Earlier this week, the new head of the US State Department, Anthony Blinken, announced his country’s focus on extending the nuclear deal on Iran. But at the same time, the US will “raise other issues of concern,” said Blinken.
He voiced the position of the Joe Biden administration: US is ready to return to the implementation of the agreementas soon as Iran returns to firm compliance with its terms. “Iran is obliged to fulfill the agreements on guarantees to the IAEA and international obligations,” the chief of American diplomacy stressed.
Source: Вести.Ru by www.vesti.ru.
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